If there's one thing we can always count on to be there in our time of need, it's Netflix. The platform is the fastest-growing streaming site in the world, servicing 190 countries with 85 million monthly members. Original series like Stranger Things, 13 Reasons Why and House of Cards have earned the platform a place alongside HBO, FX and Fox as a leading producer of original content. Not only that, but Netflix can afford to stream and continue popular television shows from other leading networks.
The streaming giant announced that they planned to spend upwards of $6 billion on original programming in 2017, including 70 brand-new originals. Let's take a look at what we know they're going to be spending it on. Here are the new Netflix original series to look forward to.
Netflix Originals Returning From September 2017:
- Narcos (Season 3) - September 1, 2017
Season 3 of one of the most exciting shows on Netflix will drop some time in 2017, and this little teaser has definitely piqued our interest!
- Stranger Things (Season 2) - October 27, 2017
One of the most anticipated Netflix Originals is Season 2 of #StrangerThings. The nostalgic science fiction show will arrive Halloween 2017.
- The Crown (Season 2) - December 8, 2017
Netflix ordered 6 seasons of The Crown before Season 1 aired; however, Matt Smith and Claire Foy are rumored to be leaving after Season 2.
- Lady Dynamite (Season 2) - TBA
Maria Bamford's surreal comedy about fame and mental health will return to Netflix for Season 2 this year.
- Making A Murderer (Season 2) - TBA
#MakingAMurderer Season 2 is expected to be released in 2017, and is thought to focus on the evidence and attempts to exonerate Steven and Brandon for Theresa Halbach's murder. The producers have promised it will be out by the end of 2017.
- Longmire (Season 6) - TBA
The neo-western series will return for its sixth and final series some time in 2017.
- Haters Back Off (Season 2) - TBA
Colleen Ballinger confirmed a second season of Haters Back Off on her Instagram at the end of last year. The show follows the delusional YouTube sensation Miranda Sings in her quest for fame and fortune.
- The OA (Season 2) - 2018
#TheOA arrived last last year and blew us out of the water with its complicated maze of time, reality, and inter-dimensional angels. Season 2 has been confirmed, so all those burning questions we have might finally be answered.
- 13 Reasons Why (Season 2) - 2018
The second season of the hugely emotional, controversial Netflix series will likely return early 2018. Season 2 will follow the theme of recovery set shortly after the events of Season 1.
- Ozark (Season 2) - 2018
Jason Bateman's dark drama Ozark has been renewed for a second season!
- Bojack Horseman (Season 4) - Summer 2017
- Real Rob (Season 2) - TBA
- Scream (Season 3) - March 2018
- Cuckoo (Season 4) - TBA
- Chef's Table (Season 4) - TBA
Brand New Netflix Originals (August 2017)
- Marvel's The Defenders - August 18, 2017
Arguably the most hotly anticipated Netflix Original, Marvel's Defenders will see the team up of Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist as they battle to save New York (and/or the world) from a deadly threat.
- Disjointed - August 25, 2017
Disjointed is a workplace sitcom starring #KathyBates as a lifelong advocate for the legalization of pot, who is finally living her dream as the owner of an LA-area cannabis dispensary.
- American Vandal - September 25, 2017
When I first watched this trailer, I thought this was a late April Fool's joke, but no. No. This is a real 8-part series about to be released by Netflix which follows the fallout of a High School prank gone wrong. And there's penis's.
- Suburra - October 6, 2017
Netflix's first ever Italian-language series a continuation of a 2015 movie of the same name, and is a hard crime thriller that will guarantee some serious binge-watching when it's released later this year. The title refers to a district where Ancient Roman politicians, the church and criminals met to make deals. The trailer for the movie is above.
- Mindhunter - October 13, 2017
Starring Jonathon Groff and set in 1979, Mindhunter is based on the book Mind Hunter: Inside the FBI’s Elite Serial Crime Unit. You know it's going to be good when it's executively produced by Charlize Theron and Fight Club director David Fincher.
- Alias Grace - November 3, 2017
Set in 1843, Alias Grace follows the story of a poor, young Irish immigrant in northern Canada who is convicted of the brutal murder of the man she works for and sentenced to life in prison.
- Big Mouth - TBA
An "edgy, surreal animated comedy which chronicles adventures in puberty of two best friends."
- Marvel's Punisher - TBA
Also arriving in 2017 is the solo outing of the biggest, baddest antihero in the Marvel/Netflix universe: Jon Bethnal's Punisher. It's unconfirmed if he will be in The Defenders, but expect him to have a whole explosive season to himself come 2017.
- Dark - Winter 2017
The first German production for the platform comes in the form of Dark, which explores the (possibly supernatural) disappearance of three children, and where they end up.
- Greenhouse Academy - TBA
Young cast confirmed for series set in a boarding school in the American south.
- Queer Eye For The Straight Guy - TBA
A reboot of the popular reality TV series where five gay men give fashion, grooming and other advice to clueless straight them.
- Godless - TBA
According to Netflix, Godless is a period drama which follows Frank Griffin (Jeff Daniels), a menacing outlaw who is terrorizing the West as he hunts down Roy Goode (Jack O’Connell), his ersatz-son-cum-partner turned mortal enemy.
- Kiss Me First - TBA
Written by Skins's Bryan Elsley, this E4/Netflix thriller is an adaption of Lottie Moggach’s young adult novel of the same name. The six hour-long episodes will tell the story of Leila, a lonely 17-year-old girl who is addicted to fictional online gaming.
- Watership Down - TBA
That's right — Netflix is about to remake the tragic animated movie Watership Down for a whole new generation in 2017.
- Altered Carbon - TBA
Altered Carbon is a science fiction drama series about how humans have found a way to digitize consciousness and outlive their human bodies.
- Madre - TBA
A thriller following the story of Diana Prieto (Ramirez), a four-month pregnant wife and mother of Martin (Matías), her severely autistic son, and whose special needs have become overwhelming.
Expected To Start/Continue
- Marvel's Jessica Jones (Season 2) - 2018
Thanks to the busy Marvel/Netflix schedule, Jessica Jones Season 2 has been confirmed, but put on the back-burner for the time being. Having said this, Krysten Ritter's Jones will likely play a big role in the upcoming Defenders series.
- Marvel's Daredevil (Season 3) - 2018
Much-like Jessica Jones, Daredevil Season 3 is confirmed, but won't appear in 2017 due to Iron Fist, The Punisher and The Defenders dominating Marvel Netflix's schedule.
- Black Mirror (Season 4) - 2018
Black Mirror Season 3 was unleashed in 2016, but Netflix originally issued 12 episodes, of which we've seen only six. Expect brand new episodes of the dystopian drama at any time in 2017 or 2018. Jodie Foster has also been called in to direct one of them!
- Carmen Sandiego - 2019
Netflix announced in April that they are working on an animated Carmen Sandiego series, based on the beloved '90s game. It will star Gina Rodriguez in the lead role, with Stranger Things' Finn Wolfhard lending his voice too.
- Love (Season 3) - Unknown
Judd Apatow’s Love, which stars Gillian Jacobs and Paul Rust, has been renewed for a third season, likely to arrive in 2018.
- Marvel's Luke Cage (Season 2) - Unknown
There is no official confirmation that Luke Cage has bagged a second season, but with the success of Season 1, it's very likely he will return — but not until 2018/19, at the earliest.
- From Dusk Till Dawn (Season 4) - Unknown
Rumors are flying about whether or not the vampy series will be renewed for another season — Netflix have yet to make a decision on its future.
- Arrested Development (Season 5) - Unknown
Despite the fact we're still waiting on confirmation that Season 5 of the cult classic has been green-lit, it is rumored to be shooting in early 2017, which would likely mean a late-2017 or 2018 release.
- Maniac - Unknown
True Detective and Beasts of No Nation director #CaryFukunaga's new series Maniac was picked up by Netflix in January 2016. Based on a Norwegian series of the same name, the show stars Jonah Hill as a man who lives a fantasy reality in his head, but is really in a mental institution. It's also set to co-star Emma Stone. The series was rumored to be released this year, but has likely been pushed back to 2018.
As you can see, Netflix is really stepping up their game this year — and this is only a selection of the 70 new dramas, comedies and documentaries they plan on adding. There are several titles which we still have limited information on, which will be updated throughout the year. In fact, we can expect 1,000 hours of brand new content in the next 12 months. We will keep this page updated with dates as and when they come in, and if you feel anything is missing, please let us know in the comments!